Monday, October 3, 2011

Butterfly Mobile

Day 3/31:

Inspired by the Heartland Paper mobile (found via Pinterest) I made one for Erin's bedroom makeover.

It's really very simple (Heartland paper has a step by step and a materials list so I'll let you click over there for the list). I cut out two butterflies for every one I wanted on a string so they could be glued together around the fishing line. So, each string has 5 butterflies but it's made from 10 punches.

I folded them a little using a straight edge (a butter knife in this case) so that the wings would stick up a bit.

I precut all of my butterflies and fishing line and then I started gluing them to the line. I didn't measure the distance but rather just eyeballed it to "close enough". The Elmer's glue Glue-All dries a little faster than the regular stuff and was perfect for this.

I ended up with 8 rows of 5 butterflies for the outside and 4 rows of 6 for the inside (but on the same size string).

For the metal ring on mobiles someone suggested buying a grease splatter shield from the dollar store and removing the middle for an inexpensive ring. It worked perfectly and was super cheap (does anyone know who said that because I can't remember which blog to give credit for the idea. I'll update this if someone knows). Next I tied the string onto my metal ring and then added bits of ribbon around the edges and to the fishing line across the middle. A little extra ribbon is perfect for hanging it and hides the tack that's in the top to hold it to the ceiling. It's so light that a single tack seems to be more than enough to keep it there.


  1. This is really pretty! There are so many things you could do with this idea too. Love it

  2. WOw, I love this! You did a great job! I'd love for you to link this up at Tuesday's Nursery and the whole bedroom if its done. The party is for all ages of kids decor and the linky is open now. I hope you can make it! Have a great day!

  3. Beautiful! I really love how this turned out! Love butterflies. :)


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